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1911 Drill – Hand Switching

1911 Drill. Hand Switching.
1911 Drill. Hand Switching.

Another in my mini-series of indoor friendly 1911 drills, I present to you hand-switching. Or what we colloquially call Jazz Hands. (Forgive me šŸ˜œ)Ā 

All joking aside the subject matter here is going to get rather serious because almost all 1911 guys are whistling past the graveyard on the issue.Ā 

This drill doesnā€™t address how you should switch hands. I will leave that up to your instructor cadre / controlling institution. But suffice it to say, I hope the first time you ever need to switch hands isnā€™t the first time you have ever practiced switching hands.

So be a professional and get after this skill.Ā 

Finer 1911 points:Ā 

One. Only work the safety with the switched-to, firing hand. DO NOT manipulate the safety then switch to the firing hand. That is straight up cheating. If your gun only has a single sided safety, too bad. Do it the Fā€™ing hard way, Lazy Ass. Or upgrade your safety to an ambi. Either way, run the gun YOU brung. This is a skills drill and it might be the only time you formally practice working the wrong-side safety. So actually work it.Ā 

Two. After firing, you must reengage the safety with the firing hand. Donā€™t switch the gun back to the easy hand first. And DEFINITELY donā€™t use the support hand to cheat the safety on. Why? You guessed it: THATā€™S CHEATING!Ā 

This is a skills drill. And as the great firearms instructor Yoda once said, ā€œDo or do not with a 1911 safetyā€. Are you a professional? Then act like it. Especially if you carry a 1911. If you always run ambi-safeties, then you win on this drill. If you are a single-sided-safety-guy, then you made the bed. Lay in it. Work the safety as itā€™s configuredā€¦one handed.Ā 

Final thoughts on which single sided safety technique to use. Notice in the video, I demonstrated two different techniques. I am not advocating either. Thatā€™s up to you and any training cadre that trains you. But understandā€¦if you drop a loaded gun at the indoor gun range, expect to be invited to shoot elsewhere.Ā 

Choose wisely.Ā 






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